EuroCham Myanmar was formally launched in December 2014 in Yangon and is a project funded for 90% by the European Union. The project is being implemented by a consortium led by the French-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FMCCI) and EUROCHAMBRES as co-applicant. The EUROCHAMBRES affiliated consortium members are (i) the Assemblée des Chambres Françaises de Commerce et d’lndustrie (CCI France), (ii) Centro Estero per l’lnternazionalizzazione S.c.p.a., (iii) Chamber of Commerce and Industry Antwerp –Waasland (VOKA) and (iv) the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
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Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The Union has an institutional framework aimed at defending its values, objectives and interests, the interests of its citizens and those of its Member States. This framework also contributes to ensuring the coherency, effectiveness and continuity of Community policies and actions. According to Article 13 of the Treaty on European Union, the institutional framework is composed of 7 institutions:
- the European Parliament;
- the European Council
- the Council of the European Union (simply called “the Council”);
- the European Commission;
- the Court of Justice of the European Union;
- the European Central Bank;
- the Court of Auditors.
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EUROCHAMBRES – the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry – strives to improve the general conditions in which businesses operate, to facilitate access to markets within and beyond the EU and to ensure the availability of human, financial and natural resources.
Established in 1958 as a direct response to the creation of the European Economic Community, EUROCHAMBRES acts as the eyes, ears and voice of the business community at EU level. EUROCHAMBRES represents over 20 million businesses in Europe through 45 members (43 national associations of chambers of commerce and industry and two transnational chamber organisations) and a European network of 1700 regional and local chambers. More than 93% of these businesses are small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Chambers’ member businesses employ over 120 million.
The French Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a business network of more than 100 French, Myanmar and International companies. Its objective is to expand and develop business and economic relationships between France and Myanmar by offering various activities to its members and by supporting the commercial endeavours of French Companies in Myanmar and Myanmar Companies in France.
The activities of the FMCCI are:
- Animation of the network of FMCCI Members
- Organization of events for the business community
- Business Support to French and Myanmar Companies
- HR services for French individuals and Companies in Myanmar
- Business Centre for Entrepreneurs and companies coming to Myanmar